Lindsey Graham, R-Seneca, is spending part of his Fourth of July break overseas, visiting with leaders of a major U.S. ally.
Reuters reports that South Carolina’s senior senator is visiting Pakistan along with a delegation of other U.S. senators this week, including John McCain, R-Ariz., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.
The group met Sunday with Pakistani officials about the ongoing U.S. military effort in Afghanistan, where President Donald Trump’s administration is reviewing America’s strategy in the nearly two-decade long war with the Taliban.
The senators stressed that cooperation from neighboring Pakistan will be crucial in that effort.
“We will not have peace in the region without Pakistan,” McCain told local journalists after the meeting.
The meeting comes as the Trump administration is reportedly considering taking a harder stance towards Pakistan in response to militant attacks on U.S. soldiers launched from its territory.
Pakistan argues that it has done a great deal to help the U.S. in tracking down terrorists and points out that it has suffered hundreds of deaths in attacks by Islamic militants in response to its crackdowns.